Swindon's Over 50s training gets adults riding

A group of Swindon's new cyclists

Swindon's Over 50s training gets adults riding

A scheme dedicated to the over 50s gives people in Swindon who never learned to cycle as children the chance to get pedalling.

Cycling UK Cycling Development Officer for Swindon Anna Cipullo explains how the scheme changes lives.

Cathy Williams joined the course age 61 as a complete beginner saying: “The opportunity as a child to ride a bike just never happened.” And even though she sprained her ankle after hitting a pothole on one of our course routes, Cathy rejoined and is now a competent cyclist with her own new bike.

I'm never going out on roads, I tell myself. Yesterday it was virtually all on roads, quiet ones, but a really good experience.

Cathy Williams,
one of Swindon's new cyclists

“You talked me into it, and I'm so glad you did,” Cathy wrote. “I turn up for cycling in a highly nervous state - not that you'd know - wondering what we will be doing today. It’s exhilarating and terrifying all at the same time. I'm never going out on roads, I tell myself. Yesterday it was virtually all on roads, quiet ones, but a really good experience. Obviously there were the odd little blips but I felt safe.”

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